HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – School safety is a major concern for the 2022-2023 school year.
The deadly mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas has prompted administrators across the country to review their security procedures.
Madison County Schools has installed a new security alert system that can operate at the push of a button.
MCS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Minskey spoke about the importance of keeping students safe.
“Every day, parents send their children to us, and we want to make sure we get them home safely every day,” he said.
He said that with the push of a button, a faculty member can effectively shut down a school in an emergency.
“We think this will really increase the time it would take to put a school on lockdown,” he said. “If a teacher finds themselves in a medical situation or a student has a problem in class, they can quickly alert their administrators at the push of a button.”
He said the system is also useful for extreme weather situations.
“If we’re in a severe weather warning in a particular part of our school system, we can do it from our central office, or a building administration can do it,” he said. “He will then make an announcement.”
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